The government will invest £400 million that will help to fund the creation of electric vehicle charging point infrastructure.
Announced in partnership with the automotive industry, the investment on charging point infrastructure will give motorists, hauliers, commuters and businesses easy access to charge points at motorway service stations and petrol stations.
Announced at the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Summit in Birmingham, it is part of the drive to boost research and development of green vehicles and low carbon technology to accelerate the use of vehicles that reduce emissions and pollution.
The government has been vocal on the need to reduce pollution, which is the fourth biggest threat to public health in the country; it led to the publication of a Clean Air Strategy and the need for charging point infrastructure fits neatly into this, ensuring harmful emissions are minimised.
Speaking at the summit in Birmingham, Prime Minister Theresa May, said Britain is on the cusp of “the next revolution in transport.”
She said: “How we accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles – and ensure cleaner air for all our people – is one of the most pressing issues in modern transport.
“That we have here government representatives and industry experts – from every continent – shows how global this issue is, affecting towns and cities around the world.
“And as we stand on the bring of the next revolution in transport – a green revolution – I want to see Britain, once again, leading from the front and working with industries and countries around the world to spearhead change.”
The Prime Minister went on to explain the funding for charging point infrastructure.
“We are providing £1.5 billion for ultra low emission vehicles by 2020, and creating a £400 million fund to invest in the roll-out of charging point infrastructure, in partnership with industry.
“We have legislated to ensure charge points can be easily accessed and available at motorway service stations and other petrol stations.”